Team Lead, Animation


March 18, 2021

The Team:
Datadog’s Video team creates engaging content about our products and technology through videos and animations. We are a close-knit group of editors, producers, and animators who strive to create content with a high production value that is informative, accurate, and meaningful. As part of the Creative Marketing department, we work collaboratively within our team—but also collaborate regularly with other teams across the company such as the Product, Design, and Writing teams. Our videos help tell the Datadog story to a wider audience, and we are always looking to expand our video library into new areas.
The Opportunity:
Are you interested in leading a team of animators that produces intricate visualizations that help explain complex topics? Are you excited about scaling up Datadog’s video library with new creative concepts? Are you interested in creating polished and engaging content, both as a hands-on animator and as a team lead, and then seeing how it helps drive the company and the business forward? If so, we'd love to talk to you.
We are expanding the Video team at Datadog, the leading service for cloud-scale monitoring and analytics. Our team of video producers and motion graphics animators creates all the video content for our website and social media channels. We produce, film, storyboard, edit, design, and animate a wide variety of projects such as video testimonials, product explainers, how-to videos, and video ads.
This is a full-time and on-site role in our NYC office (once we return to the office).
The Team Lead, Animation role will report directly to the Creative Director, Video.
Here’s a look at some of the work our team does.
You Will:

  • Lead a team of motion graphics animators from concept styleframes to final animation

  • Develop original concepts and visual approaches for animated and live action video projects

  • Manage a variety of different projects at any given time while also owning your own projects as a hands-on designer and animator

  • Maintain personal relationships with team members and set growth plans for professional development

  • Collaborate with team leads from a variety of teams within the company, such as the Brand Design, Video Production, and Product teams

  • Become an expert on Datadog’s brand guidelines

You Have:

  • 4+ years of professional motion graphics experience

  • 2+ years of experience in a managerial or supervisory role

  • BFA in design/animation or related discipline

  • A diverse portfolio showcasing your commercial/corporate video work

  • Strong leadership skills and extensive experience managing projects through all stages of development and animation

  • Ability to grasp complex topics and visualize them with easy-to-understand animations

  • Expert in Adobe After Effects and Illustrator

  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and Premiere

  • Ability to follow brand design guidelines with a keen eye for detail

  • Strong organizational skills

Bonus Points:

  • Understanding of the tech industry and/or prior experience working at a tech/startup company

  • Basic understanding of the world of live-action video productions

  • Basic understanding of cloud and/or SaaS technologies and ability to pick up new abstract concepts quickly

What We Do
Datadog is a SaaS-based monitoring platform for hybrid cloud and cloud native applications, providing full visibility into the health and security of an application, from backend infrastructure to front-end user journeys to business-level performance. Our data analytics platform enables Dev, Ops, Security, and other teams across a company to easily collaborate and share information, identify and solve potential problems, accelerate business growth, and successfully complete cloud migration initiatives.
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